Malamulele parents, pupils worried about exams

2015-10-26 16:14
(Lucky Nxumalo, City Press)

(Lucky Nxumalo, City Press)

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Mbombela - Parents in Limpopo's Malamulele town are concerned that their matric pupils are not properly prepared for the year-end exams due to protests over municipal boundaries.

Malamulele High School Governing Body (SGB) chairperson Harry Hlungwani said on Monday that pupils lost a lot of school time during the total shutdown that left children unable to go to school for months.

"As parents and the SGB we are really angry because the government failed to help us in time. They didn't even bother bringing textbooks to our schools. We had to go to the nearby schools to borrow textbooks so that our children must study.

"They also promised us that they will bring us furniture in June but up to today we haven't seen it," said Hlungwani on Monday.

Hlungwani said the department had also promised to move their school to a less noisy area because the pupils could not concentrate in the CBD, where their school is located.

Matriculant: Exams would be difficult

He said during the shutdown eight other schools were set alight, leaving them without books or furniture.

"The department is taking us for granted," he said.

Grade 12 pupil, Twarisano Baloyi, said the exams would prove difficult.

"I want to study towards an LLB at the University of Limpopo but we have really been affected by the total shutdown. We couldn't have enough time to prepare and we didn't have textbooks as all our textbooks were burned during the protests.

"We wish that the department could give us enough time to prepare as this will affect our results.

"We needed a new municipality as much as we need education because it's pointless to have qualifications and come back and sit at home as Thulamela municipality was only hiring Tshivenda-speaking people without qualifications," she said.

Winter schools, Saturday classes

Limpopo Premier Stanley Mathabatha has often reiterated that the provincial government will not be prioritising schools that were deliberately set alight during protests.

Provincial education spokesperson Naledzani Rasila said the department had worked hard to recover the time that was lost. "We had winter schools and Saturday classes just to make sure that we recoverd all the time wasted during the total shutdown.

"We are really sure that this year we will perform very well and improve our results from 71% to 100%," said Rasila.

Rasila said the schools that were set alight were on a list for reconstruction.

He said the matter of textbooks was affected by the department's limited budget.

"It's not true that as the department we won't be able to prioritise those schools that were burned down during the protests. The thing is we don't have enough budget to rebuild the schools and buy textbooks at once, but all the schools are in the database and we will help them as we get a budget," he said.

Earlier this year the Municipal Demarcation Board announced that two towns including Malamulele, which is currently under Thulamela local municipality, and Vuwani, which is currently under the Makhado local municipality, will be combined under a new local municipality.

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